Who doesn’t love the Corn Festival in Sun Prairie? This poem captures the festival from the perspective of a waiting cat and is written by Ester Prudlo, who lived in Madison for twenty-eight years and is a UW alumna. She and her husband, Tony, now both retired, are returning to the area this year after having lived in Germany and Alabama. — Fabu
Cat in the cornfield sees you
Hungry for the yellow harvest.
The harvest that will come with the next rain.
After the rain the yellow ears,
Slathered in yellow butter,
Sticky with salt.
Sticking between your teeth,
Causing a yellow smile.
A smile that spreads all around the table.
While all around the legs under the table
Circles the yellow cat.
Fabu is Madison's Poet Laureate. Adult poets are invited to submit poems of twenty lines or less to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible publication in Madison Magazine.
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